Sodium in Dairy Products

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Cutting the Cheese for Reducing Sodium in the Daily Diet

If you're a lover of cheese, then it's unfortunate that it contains a plethora of salt. One ounce of American contains 450 mg's while a selection of Cheddar - about 175 mg's.

But wait! There is another type that is also hefty where sodium is concerned - cottage cheese. It's so creamy, so delicious, but have you ever noticed how salty that it tastes?

While these amounts would be fine otherwise - these foods tend to be coupled with other foods that are extreme in salt content.

Cheese is often served with lunch meats - also excessive where the old shaker is concerned.

And when luncheon meats aren't on the menu, generally saltine or snack crackers are served.

On that note, let's review the amount contained in other common dairy food group foods.

Sodium in Cheese, Sour Cream, Eggs, Milk, Yogurt

SELECTION BASED ON 1 OZ UNLESS NOTED

SODIUM mg

American

400

Brick

150

Caraway

200

Blue

400

Cheddar

175

Colby

170

Cottage Cheese-Creamed, 1/2 cup

450

Cottage Cheese-Low Fat 1%, 1/2 cup

450

Cream Cheese

85

Edam

275

Feta

325

Fontina

225

Gouda

230

Gruyere

100

Butter - Salted, 2 Teaspoons

80

Butter-Whipped, 2 Teaspoons

55

Half-and-Half, 2 Tablespoons

15

Heavy Cream, 2 Tablespoons

12

Light Cream, 2 Tablespoons

12

Nondairy Creamer, 1 Tablespoon

5

Sour Cream, 2 Tablespoons

15

Egg Substitute, 1/4 cup

80

Eggs, 1 large

65

Buttermilk, 1 cup

265

1% Milk, 1 cup

125

2% Milk, 1 cup

125

Skim Milk, 1 cup

150

Whole Milk, 1 cup

125

Lowfat Yogurt, 1 cup

130

Whole Milk Yogurt, 1 cup

110

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